Gbadamosi SO, Eze C, Olawepo JO, Iwelunmor J, Sarpong DF, Ogidi AG, Patel D, Oko JO, Onoka C, Ezeanolue EE
J Med Internet Res. 2018 Jan 15;20(1):e18. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8716.
Community-based strategies to test for HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and sickle cell disease (SCD) have expanded opportunities to increase the proportion of pregnant women who are aware of their diagnosis. In order to use this information to implement evidence-based interventions, these results have to be available to skilled health providers at the point of delivery. Most electronic health platforms are dependent on the availability of reliable Internet connectivity and, thus, have limited use in many rural and resource-limited settings. Here we describe our work on the development and deployment of an integrated mHealth platform that is able to capture medical information, including test results, and encrypt it into a patient-held smartcard that can be read at the point of delivery without the need for an Internet connection.